JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Starting to feel like spring in Vienna….

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Today’s weather was just wonderful!  I had lunch planned with my friend David Lutz, the pianist/accompanist/coach extraordinaire!  He played on my most recent CD and he lives in Vienna.  I met him at the Italian restaurant near his apartment in the 3rd district at 1:00 in the afternoon.  Since it was such lovely weather, I walked all the way there (and back).  It was great catching up with him, and he is such a delight to chat with!  The food at the restaurant is really yummy, and I had a pasta dish with chicken, tomatoes, and cream sauce – so good!

After lunch, I decided it was nice enough to do some serious walking for the rest of the day.  I made a brief stop by the OBB office (train info) to get a schedule for a possible side trip to Basel, Switzerland, as Milos’ ship would be docked there for an overnight, and I might as well use this Rail Pass and do some traveling!

I figured I’d done so much exploring around the inner city already, that it was time to venture in different directions.  I decided to walk back to my apartment to pick up my sunglasses and camera, and then head towards the river.  I had tried to walk to the river before, but forgot to check my map and ended up taking a wrong turn and couldn’t get past all the industrial stuff between the river and the residential neighborhood.  This time I decided to go a different way (made sure to check my map in advance.)  I went all the way up Taborstrasse, then turned left and eventually was able to turn right and head up towards the river.

I got a chance to walk along a good portion of the Danube.  I saw a whole bunch of swans, which was really cool!  Then I eventually came to where all the river cruise boats are docked – the same place we docked last summer on our trip.  From there, I decided to walk all the way back to the inner city.  I followed the major street that headed away from the water and kept on walking.  Fortunately, when you start to get closer to the inner city, you can see the top of the cathedral above all the other buildings – that’s always going to be your center.  So I knew if I just walked in that direction, I’d be good to go!

Eventually, I ended up at the canal, just a block away from the bottom of Taborstrasse.  After all the hours of walking, I thought I was due a small treat, and I headed to Zanoni & Zanoni for some ice cream!  I got a nice mix of raspberry and blueberry, and then headed back to the 2nd district again, back to my apartment.

Tomorrow’s forecast is showing a chance of rain and not quite as warm, but it’s supposed to get nicer later in the week – maybe that’s when I’ll take my day trip to Bratislava.

Here are some pics from my walk today….

Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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